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A Kerry County Councillor has urged the GAA to return to free-to-air coverage of Gaelic Games.

Michael Gleeson of the  Kerry Independent Alliance says many people do not have Sky Sports in their homes and as a result are missing out on our national games.

This leaves many with the option of going to local bars to view football and hurling games or to miss out altogether.

The two-time All-Ireland winner also believes local GAA clubhouses could facilitate the viewing of inter-county games, similar to when neighbours gathered together to listen to broadcasts on the radio.

Sky Television’s deal with the GAA ends after the All-Ireland finals this year, but negotiations are ongoing over the broadcast rights for 2017 to 2019.

Councillor Gleeson understands the GAA have economic needs, but the organisation has long been supported by its major rural following: